Mississippi Blue 42 by Eli Cranor

Looking down on her former boyfriend lying face up in the middle of the road, Ella May Pride was thinking about her daddy and the men that would come for him, probably tonight, all because Matt Talley saw Brett Favre in the back corner of the endzone. Like he’d seen...

Copycat by Albert Kanach

“I don’t do that stuff anymore.” I tried to sound convincing even if I knew Carlo wouldn’t care. “You’re never out as long as you’re breathing. You don’t turn your back on your brothers.” Carlo and I were sitting on the rockers on my grandmother’s porch. Him still...

Angie by DC Smith

One truth about addiction:  your addiction does not care if it’s Christmas.  It does not care if it’s New Year’s.  It does not care who you are.  When the dogs bark, you feed them. I should know.  I’ve been in and out of enough clinics to run...

Thousand Dollar Coat by Chris Offutt

I gave her everything and she left anyway.  Oldest story in the book.  You always hear that, but never what the second oldest story is.  I probably lived that one, too.  The last time I saw her she wore a thousand dollar coat I’d given her, a desperate gift laden with...